When I wrote my Sci-Fi female lead, I wanted her to be sexy. Silly me, I defined sexy using the following criteria:
- Smart, at least in terms of problem solving and the ability to think during stress
- Strong, physically, mentally, and emotionally
- Feminine, because strength and femininity aren’t mutually exclusive
- Clothed, in things other than spandex, loin cloths, cut-offs, and bikinis. In other words, she never dresses like a stripper or centerfold
- Indifferent to men’s attentions, unless it’s a man she likes
- Never poses with her ass in the air, vagina aimed at you, or that fucking insipid genuflecting pose with one hand on the ground.
- Able to Kick Mass Ass
- Never, never, never, ho-ish, because hoes aren’t sexy (She’s for you; hoes are for everybody)
Now, in looking at how Marvel/Disney portrays their leads, it’s obvious why I received 2 “negative” reviews complaining that my lead doesn’t just kick ass and make them horny. In fact, they were horrified that she has romantic tension with her lesbian best friend. It isn’t because they never bothered to get to the action (Roxx kills a couple dozen assholes in the book) it’s because once she was identified as bisexual, they couldn’t proceed with reading it as though it were Marvel’s thinly guised soft porn.
I am so not a prude it’s ridiculous, but this shit makes me sick. As a test of my theory, I guugled some random images under the keywords “Superheroines” and “female superheroes.” What I found was Lycra, cleavage, and Playboy poses. Fucking hell, people. Once again, for the record …
Y’all don’t hear me.